Christian Service News 5-7-2017

"When we have reached the lowest point of our misery and our weakness, the Risen Christ gives us the strength to rise again." Pope Francis @Pontifex • 21 Apr 2017.

Greetings Everyone,

Below are some upcoming Christian Service volunteer opportunities or events that may be of interest to you. If you can spare an hour, please think about being of service to your neighbor. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in Christian Service. Please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205 or email me: gkrinke@stmary.org. I would love to talk to you.

LIFE ISSUES MINISTRY: will be selling carnations after all Masses on the weekend of May 13-14, in honor of Mother’s Day. All donations will be given to Right to Life Lifespan.

PARISH NURSE MINISTRY: says thank you to St. Anne’s Mead and everyone in our parish who helped make the “Dementia Communication Skills for Everyone Presentation” a huge success last month. Approximately 70 people attended the workshop. St. Anne’s Mead trained staff demonstrated several simple skills that all of us could use to communicate with loved ones and others experiencing memory loss at various levels. Based on the number of people interested in this presentation, we will probably host another gathering like this next Spring.

OPERATION LAYETTE: The Women for Christ thanks everyone who donated new baby clothes and layette items last weekend.

OCTOBER 14 - MERCY IN ACTION DAY (MIA): We are having our first planning meeting on Monday, May 8 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center. If anyone is interested in helping to plan, organize or work on the MIA committee, you are welcome to attend this meeting. The general format of our Mercy in Action Day on October 14 will be similar to last year. Some activities and their locations may be different. Perhaps you have some ideas you would like to suggest or some talents to share so this year’s events are even better than last year. One activity that we are planning involves wash cloths, bars of soap and plastic baggies. We are actively looking to collect clean, used or new wash cloths for this project, which can be dropped off at the Parish Office to my attention. If you have any questions or want additional information related to MIA, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHES CLOSET: During April, we served 64 guests; eight were first timers to St. Mary. Two of our guests had vouchers enabling them to move into low income housing and off the street. As you can imagine, our food pantry shelves are a little empty especially related to canned meats (e.g., ham, tuna, chicken), hearty soups with meat, protein bars, snack crackers, saltines, and cereal. Our Clothes Closet is beginning to shift its wardrobe over to light weight summer items for day time wear. We are still in need of men’s shoes size 10 to 13; jeans; new white socks and new men’s underwear especially sizes Medium and Large. Since occasionally we see men and women who are moving into an apartment for the first time, we would like to provide them with a few basic kitchen ware items to help get them started. So if you have used but still working, clean housewares, we will accept them on a limited basis. Please call me on extension 205 before dropping them off. Our space is very limited.

Blessings to all,

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator